Nursing Home Employee Punched Resident in The Face

A certified nursing assistant (CNA) punched a 93-year-old patient at a nursing home three times in the head, leaving a large bruise, court documents show. The CNA, 37-years-old, is charged with felony intentional abuse of a nursing home patient.

The woman had been an employee there for about a year at the time. She has since been fired from the facility. The patient said that the CNA abused her on the morning of Aug. 2, according to the complaint. Police who investigated later that day said they could immediately see a "baseball-sized bruise" on the patient's forehead. The patient told police she was punched with a fist three times in the head.

The Administrator of the facility said that they train employees on proper treatment of patients and how to deal with stress, and said patient safety is paramount. But he said the job is stressful, and about once every two years there is a report of patient abuse at the home, though generally it's less serious than this incident. "There will be times when things happen," he said. "We all wish it wouldn't happen at all, but in the real world it does happen."

The woman appeared in court on Sept. 22 and is scheduled to appear again in the near future. For more, read the story.

Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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